Carmel Green Teen Program Awards First Micro-Grants in Fall 2009

On November 12, 2009, the youth-driven Carmel Green Teen Micro-Grant Program awarded checks totalling $2,950 of its Mayor Brainard at the ceremony$10,000 in grant money to five local youth groups to fund their volunteer eco-friendly, green projects. At the ceremony, Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard congratulated the participants and supported their commitment to community service and to the environment.

“It’s exciting to see all these young people involved in projects like this,” he said. “I think it’s a great program, taking this $10,000 and splitting it up into a lot of different projects, because that gives everybody the opportunity to come up with more ideas about how to make Carmel more green. I thank everybody for what you’re doing. It’s important. You’re making a difference.”

Carmel Green Teen Micro-Grant youth leader and CHS student Lauren Gibson said, “We wanted to give different youth groups around the community a chance to start their own projects. That way we could spread the wealth and spread awareness. This truly has been a community effort – working together to help empower kids to make Carmel a greener community, one youth project at a time.”

The goal of the Carmel Green Teen Micro-Grant Program, funded by Green Works natural cleaners, is to challenge area youth to use their skills, creativity and energy to help make Carmel/Clay Township in Indiana a greener community by funding 22 youth-inspired environmental projects.

The ceremony marked the first micro-grants awarded through this program. Projects receiving funding are listed on Carmel Green Teen website. Additional project applications will be accepted through February 28, 2010.